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not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 13, 2021 10:18AM
......announced today....he was supposed to go on tour but his doctors are concerned......so his tour has been canceled......


.....he is 95 and has Alzheimer's.....


Legendary crooner Tony Bennett retires from performing on 'doctors' orders'

"This was a hard decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. This is, however, doctors' orders," Bennett's son said.

....It's been a week since standard-bearing crooner Tony Bennett and his collaborator Lady Gaga ripped triumphantly through two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the first of which celebrated his 95th birthday, complete with a Gaga-led, congratulatory sing-along. And Danny Bennett's head is still spinning.

From his father's usual concert entrance pose with arms held high and spread wide to the complexly nuanced manner he which he addressed each syllable, the singer was at his best during those Radio City Music Hall shows.

"Tony always takes chances," says Danny Bennett, 66, his father's manager for the last 40-plus years, and the man who helped make the Astoria-born saloon singer a household name for the MTV generation. "It is, as he has always said -- when others zig, he zags."

The two Radio City concerts, dubbed "One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga" — and held in anticipation of the platinum pair's second duets album, "Love for Sale" (to be released October 1 via Columbia/Interscope Records) — were billed as Bennett's final New York City shows, with additional concerts to follow along the east coast.

Sadly, however, the Radio City Music Hall shows will be Bennett's last anywhere, as the announcement came Thursday morning that Bennett's short run of fall 2021 tour dates had been canceled. The brief casino tour was to have consisted of pre-pandemic concert dates that had been rescheduled for 2021, starting in September and ending in December.

"There won't be any additional concerts," his son makes clear. "This was a hard decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. This is, however, doctors' orders. His continued health is the most important part of this, and when we heard the doctors — when Tony's wife, Susan heard them — she said, 'Absolutely not.' He'll be doing other things, but not those upcoming shows.

"It's not the singing aspect but, rather, the traveling. Look, he gets tired. The decision is being made that doing concerts now is just too much for him. We don't want him to fall on stage, for instance — something as simple as that." But, emphasizes Danny, "We're not worried about him being able to sing. We are worried, from a physical stand point... about human nature. Tony's 95."

It has been, in Danny Bennett's estimation, an exciting month. Along with dropping a video for "I Get a Kick Out of You" with Lady Gaga, and announcing their tribute album to the songs of Cole Porter, the shows at Radio City Music Hall were, in Danny's words, "triumphant. He sounded amazing for a man of any age."

Danny Bennett tells a funny story of how fans of his father approached Danny during the Radio City Music Hall shows. In 2020, the family revealed that Tony Bennett had had Alzheimer's disease since 2016, a debilitating form of age-related dementia characterized by progressive memory loss. But some fans were certain the evidence showed otherwise.



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 13, 2021 10:34AM
He's still alive?!?!



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: vision63
Date: August 13, 2021 10:43AM
I guess Danny was his father's manager since his early 20's. That's pretty damn good. He's done a fine job.
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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 13, 2021 10:53AM
Whatever therapy he was using to stave off the effects after his Alzheimer diagnosis, make a note. Wow.
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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: August 13, 2021 11:05AM
I hope his health doesn’t resent this.
He’s a monument to good taste.

It still hurts that I never got around to see Les Paul live. This will go to the same pocket.



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 13, 2021 11:05AM
thumbs up



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 13, 2021 11:39AM
I’m sorry to see him finally toss in the towel. I’ve met several very elderly people whose will to live is connected to their ability to work.
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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 13, 2021 12:41PM
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cbelt3
I’m sorry to see him finally toss in the towel. I’ve met several very elderly people whose will to live is connected to their ability to work.

Yes. Perhaps some virtual concerts would fill the bill.
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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 13, 2021 01:07PM
One of the greats, but like so many he really should have called it quits decades ago. He had nothing left to prove.

Look at a performance from the 50's or 60's compared to anything he has done in the last 30 years. It just wasn't the same. It isn't just Bennett, but virtually any singer or group from that era. Age is not always kind.



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 13, 2021 01:10PM
....this means you 'Rolling Stones'.....adult diapers are not an attractive look......



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 13, 2021 01:14PM
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Ombligo
One of the greats, but like so many he really should have called it quits decades ago. He had nothing left to prove.

Look at a performance from the 50's or 60's compared to anything he has done in the last 30 years. It just wasn't the same. It isn't just Bennett, but virtually any singer or group from that era. Age is not always kind.

In general I agree, but I will say Jackson Browne is still knocking it out of the park.



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 13, 2021 01:49PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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Ombligo
One of the greats, but like so many he really should have called it quits decades ago. He had nothing left to prove.

Look at a performance from the 50's or 60's compared to anything he has done in the last 30 years. It just wasn't the same. It isn't just Bennett, but virtually any singer or group from that era. Age is not always kind.

In general I agree, but I will say Jackson Browne is still knocking it out of the park.

Folk and Blues artists just get more concentrated and soulful with age. I recall seeing Muddy Waters in the same named bar in the late 70's. Damn. The soul just flowed from those aged fingers.
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Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 13, 2021 01:59PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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Ombligo
One of the greats, but like so many he really should have called it quits decades ago. He had nothing left to prove.

Look at a performance from the 50's or 60's compared to anything he has done in the last 30 years. It just wasn't the same. It isn't just Bennett, but virtually any singer or group from that era. Age is not always kind.

In general I agree, but I will say Jackson Browne is still knocking it out of the park.

John Fogerty, too. Saw him two years ago and he seems to have unbelievable energy. His son plays with him, too, and sports a hair cut just like his dad, circa 1969.
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Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 13, 2021 02:17PM
I dearly, dearly wish Linda Ronstadt was still able to sing. sad smiley



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: JoeM
Date: August 13, 2021 03:21PM
An extraordinary career and life, he is also quite an accomplished painter. Wishing him peace in the time left to him.



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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 14, 2021 08:19AM
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Ombligo
One of the greats, but like so many he really should have called it quits decades ago. He had nothing left to prove.

Look at a performance from the 50's or 60's compared to anything he has done in the last 30 years. It just wasn't the same. It isn't just Bennett, but virtually any singer or group from that era. Age is not always kind.

I liked his evolution over the last 30 years. He grew with the time, had fun and loved working the stage for his audience. If he liked to do this until he was 95 - how awesome is that? More power to him.

The best artist I’ve seen in person who still has it was Sir Paul McCartney at the Excel Energy Center at the start of the second-half of a tour. Voice was rested, band was polished, and an awesome acoustic venue. What were the best pieces? When he let the band have a break and it was just Sir Paul and a guitar. Amazing. I’ve never found the recording, but I sure wish I could.


Oh, he was 60 years old, as I recall.
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Re: not just fade away?!....Tony Bennett officially retires.....
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 14, 2021 11:31AM
If ever a guy earned his retirement, it’s Tony Bennett. Godspeed, good sir.

P.S. My dad always thought he had it all over Sinatra.



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